With summer in full swing, everyone is out on the water looking to stay cool and enjoy themselves. If you’re one of the many people who enjoy boating, you may be aware of how frequently boating accidents happen. Boating accidents can include commercial ships, non-commercial crafts, chartered boats, cruises, pleasure craft, ski boats, or jet skis.

As injury attorneys, we are often asked – what should you do if you’re involved in a boating accident?

Like any other accident, it’s important to document the scene of the accident, call boat patrol, seek immediate medical treatment, and initiate claims with your insurance company and the other party’s insurance company. Next, it is equally as important to consult with an experienced injury attorney, especially if you feel you have been injured through negligence or recklessness.

Common Causes of Boating Accidents:

• Captain Error
• Manufacturing Defects
• Equipment Failure
• Structural Or Design Problems
• Violation Of Industry Regulations
• Negligence Of Maintenance Employees
• Negligence Of Others
• Negligence In a Third Party’s Selection of a Carrier
• Failure To Maintain the Craft or Its Components

If you or a loved one have been injured in a boating accident due to negligence or unseaworthiness, you have rights to compensation for pain and suffering, past and future lost wages, lost earning capacity, disability, disfigurement, medical expenses, and loss of enjoyment of life.

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